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Division 6: Student reunion travel to members in remote locations

9.3.38 Purpose

The purpose of this Division is to enable children to be reunited with their parents who are living in a remote posting location.

See: Chapter 4 Part 4 Annex 4.4.A, Remote locations for ADF district allowance.

9.3.39 Member this Division applies to

This Division applies to a member who meets both these conditions.

  1. They are serving in a remote location.

  2. They have a child receiving primary or secondary education outside the remote location. The child must be living away from their parents.

9.3.40 Benefit

  1. The member is eligible for two return journeys for the child each calendar year. The journey is provided on a door-to-door basis from where the child lives in the school location to the parent's home in the remote location.

  2. See: Part 1 section 9.1.12, Door-to-door travel

  3. If the child commences school outside the remote location on or after 1 July, only one benefit may be used before 30 November in that school year.

  4. If the member is also eligible for reunion travel for the child as set out in Division 5, the combined number of reunion benefits is limited to four a year.

  5. The benefit cannot be carried forward from one calendar year to the next.

  6. Children may travel to a destination other than the remote location to join a member or the member's spouse or partner. The cost cannot exceed the cost of travel to the member's remote location.

  7. If the child turns 18 during the last year of secondary school, at the end of the school year the member is eligible for a journey for the child to the member's remote location. Travel is to the remote location at the completion of the school year.

  8. ADF reunion travel does not apply if travel is already provided by a community-based scheme.

9.3.41 Period of eligibility

This table outlines the period of eligibility for this Division.

Period of eligibility
Item If the student... the eligibility commences from...
1. departs the remote location to attend school the date of departure from the remote location.
2. does not accompany the member to the remote location the later of:
  1. the day the member departs for the remote location posting, or
  2. the day the member's dependants depart for the remote location posting.

9.3.42 Additional travel beyond benefit

  1. If the child has already used the benefit for the calendar year, the CDF may approve one additional journey. This would be for special circumstances only.

  2. The child must be attending a school with four term breaks in the school year.

  3. Before approving an additional journey, the CDF must consider all these factors.

    1. The age of the child and year of education.

    2. Any relevant school reports on the child's progress.

    3. The availability of board and lodging at the child's school.

    4. The availability and cost of suitable childcare arrangements for the child.

    5. The period of separation if this additional reunion visit did not occur.

    6. The period of reunion.

    7. Whether severe detriment to the child would result if not allowed this visit.

    8. Any other relevant factor.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection on behalf of the CDF:
Director General Defence Community Organisation
Director Community Support & Information Services
Deputy Director Education Support Programs
Manager Education Support Programs

9.3.43 Mode of travel

Travel must be by the most economical means, using student concession fares whenever possible.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.


Copies of forms are available on the webforms system or through the Defence Service Centre.

  • AE505, Travel Request Form

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